Currently there are many possibilities of decoration. Years ago it was only possible to provide the metallic silver tone to doors, windows and enclosures, today there is a wide variety of finishes and shades for you to choose the one that best suits the decoration of your home. These types of finishes can be used for all types of enclosures, from windows and doors to mosquito nets and blinds.
These are the three types of aluminum profile finishes most commonly used today:
Aluminum anodizing (or anodic oxidation) is an electrolytic treatment that allows to create artificial layers of aluminum oxide on the surface of the profiles.
As it is a film of its own rust, its bonding is due to chemical bonding forces. This link between the protective layer and the material means that this finish achieves profiles that are extremely resistant to corrosion, abrasion and wear.
This finish has a somewhat complex process, consisting of:
It should be noted that the anodized finish of aluminum is the only treatment that protects 100% of the surface.
In Ponsico Aluminum Carpentry we have a wide variety of anodized profiles, contact us and we will advise you according to your needs.
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Lacquering treatment consists of protecting and painting the surface of the aluminium profile with the electrostatic application of a powder paint to the aluminum surface. The paints used for this finish are polyester or polyurethane resins. It is worth noting the high resistance of these finishes to UV rays, atmospheric agents and corrosion.
One of its main advantages of lacquering is that there is a very wide range of colors. All the coloring possibilities and shades are reflected in the RAL chart, which is a standard that attributes to each color a 4-digit code.
What is the aluminum lacquering process?
Subsequently, the tests required by the certifying body of quality seals would be carried out; QUALICOAT.
For the maintenance and cleaning of lacquered aluminum doors and windows, it is advisable to use neutral products and non-abrasive elements. This will preserve protection for many years.
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The wood effect on aluminum doors and windows is having a great acceptance by our customers of Ponsico Aluminum Carpentry, you will probably have wondered how they can achieve this effect, veins, knots and other characteristics of wood.
We explain how the wood effect is performed on the aluminium profiles, this is possible thanks to the Sublicromia process.
This Sublicromia process through which our profiles pass is divided into several steps.
First, a lacquer is made in a base color of the color of the wood that we want to give the effect to the profiles.
Once we have the aluminium profiles coated, we subject them to a heat transfer technique, also called thermo-printing or heat transfer, based on the physical effect of sublimation.
Next, we roll our applied aluminum profiles with the printing papers, which contain dye and resins of cellulosic origin, drawing the knots and veins previously designed, and put them in a transport cart. This trolley has silicone rubber membranes that create a vacuum to favor the perfect adaptation to the shape of the profiles for our aluminum profiles.
Finally, we insert the cart with the aluminium profiles in an oven at a temperature between 190ºC and 210ºC. There the sublimation process is carried out.
With different printing papers combined with the colors of the coating, we get multiple finishes that represent the wood of trees such as pine, walnut, oak ….
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